Social Media’s Secrets

Social Media Is Amazing At Manufacturing Our Consent And It’s Not Okay

The article above emphasizes the concerns regarding social medias and their privacy policies. A privacy policy is easy to be overlooked when signing up for one of these types of websites. A scroll down a page filled with small words and a checked box is all it takes to accept it. It is very rare for someone to read the entire document and even less likely that they will understand it. The author in the article draws attention to what you are really consenting to.

A friend of the author’s discovered that her face had been photo-shopped onto another body for a billboard advertisement. It was from a picture that she posted on Facebook, one of which the company never contacted her to use. Their privacy policy states that they own everything that you post so there was nothing that she could do about it. The author also highlights how social medias usually reserve the right to send your profile and corresponding information to the United States government at any time necessary.

privacyinstaFrom analyzing Instagram’s privacy policy, a social media solely dedicated to pictures and videos, I was pleased to find that Instagram does not claim to own your pictures. They will never sell your media to a third party or use it without contacting you first. However, if you are a public user, Instagram allows anyone to see your content and is not responsible for what they do with it. Instagram partnered with Facebook in 2012, so it is interesting to note that they have different policies regarding picture rights. This article was written today, but doesn’t include when the incident happened with his friend’s Facebook photo.

To support the author’s statement about giving the government access, Instagram does have this part included in their privacy policy too. This means that no matter what country you live in, Instagram will store your information and can immediately give it over to officials, even if your home country has a jurisdiction with different data protection laws.

Upon analyzing this privacy policy further, I came across a section that asserted authority to delete accounts if the user is under thirteen years of age and did not receive parental permission. In addition, I discovered that user content is stored in an archive for later access. It can be in the system for years even after an account is deactivated or terminated.

In conclusion, it is important to read privacy policies and completely accept them before using that website or program. The author mentions that companies have been becoming really good at wording things to make it seem less worrisome for the user. It is also very important to understand that everything you post on the internet can be always be accessible and found, no matter if you delete it or not.


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